DC Brian VanGorder plans to stay on the attack

Cardinals running back Tim Hightower is smothered by Atlanta Falcons defenders as he is gang tackled to the ground during 1st half action. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Cardinals running back Tim Hightower is smothered by Atlanta Falcons defenders as he is gang tackled to the ground during 1st half action. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH – Late in the 41-7 rout of Arizona, bewildered quarterback Derek Anderson was seen leaving the field and yanking his chin strap off in disgust.

It was a long day at the office for him as the Falcons basically blitzed him into submission. The Falcons only had two sacks, but they put almost 20 hits on Anderson.

“I know that me and (Kroy) Biermann together had 11 hits,” defensive end John Abraham said. “Hits are good, but with Drew Brees hits don’t matter. If you watch on tape we got a lot of hits on him last year, but he was still completing balls for five or six yards.  We have to get him down.”

The Falcons have blitzed Dennis Dixon and Anderson relentlessly and that led to turnovers, too.

Defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder was asked if the defense planned to continue the attacking brand of football against Brees.

He paused, then said, “Yeah.”

Here are some more thoughts from VanGorder heading into Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints and their vaunted offense.

ON DREW BREES: “He’s an extremely intelligent quarterback. He’s very involved in the game-planning and schemes, right from the beginning of the week. He gets extremely familiar with the defense and he’s always been a great rhythm quarterback. . . he’s very much aware of the spacing on the field.”

WHAT HAVE YOU WORKED ON TO AVOID THE BIG PLAYS IN THE RUNNING GAME: “You sit there and you’re good against the run, good against the run and then let out two explosive runs. We just have to make sure that our fits are solid and sound. You get 25 running plays and you can be perfect on 24. That one that you’re not, it can lead to that kind of explosive play. We just have to be consistent.”

IS THIS THE FIRST BIG TEST FOR RE-TOOLED PASS DEFENSE?: “We’ve changed up some personnel. We think we’ve improve from a personnel standpoint. I think the emphasis on it has definitely helped from a season ago. Between better personnel and more emphasis on that situation, it’s been good so far. The mark of being really good is consistency. . . we have to be consistent in everything that we do.”

ON COREY PETERS: “He’s a very good leverage  player. He’s provided us with some size. He’s impacting the running game up inside. He plays with a very good pad level. He was a natural coming out of college. He’s really helped us shore up the inside which at times for us over the last three years has been a little bit of an issue for us.”

ON WILLIAM MOORE: “William has great size and speed. He’s an explosive player. There were times when you saw him run to the ball and finish on the ball. That’s the most impressive part of his game right now.”

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95 comments Add your comment

Mike Jay

September 24th, 2010
2:14 pm

Yea Come on!

bigdave

September 24th, 2010
2:23 pm

sounds nice.. but we have to make sure we actually get to him.

so many times it appears that we send pressure but it never gets there..

there’s a big play on the other end vs these guys if we cant put him on his back..

FrontRow

September 24th, 2010
2:26 pm

Last year this guy was a “problem”. This year, BVG is great and Mularkey is a “problem”.

Get off these guys. Truth is we’re lucky they haven’t been poached already.

Keep up the great play defense!

dean

September 24th, 2010
2:33 pm

SeenthisB4. Come out, come out wherever you are. See you Monday.

FrontRow

September 24th, 2010
2:33 pm

Drew Brees is not going 0-48. They’re gonna make plays and some of them will be big.

Same formula as last week. Use our speed and when they do make a play, make em pay.

JB FALCON

September 24th, 2010
2:34 pm

I truly hope the Saints come into this game hoping to see the same defense they saw the last time we played. They’re in for a BIG surprise! No vengence here, just gettin’ even!

fedup

September 24th, 2010
2:35 pm

why put all your plan attack out here for all to see, have an element of surprise , C”mon man, don’t give up all u plan to do , just to give them head up to counter act,……………..everything should not be posted get clue……….. Olander, aiight………….keep some plan tight to the vest after all falcon fans aren’t the only one reading this blog……………………….C’mon mann

Saints LSU

September 24th, 2010
2:39 pm

its gonna be a good game but the saints @ home not the same that played thr 49ers

SKYROCK

September 24th, 2010
2:40 pm

Bring the PAIN!!!!!! Lets shut this crowd up early and often.

Jim

September 24th, 2010
2:41 pm

BVG says what he wants them to hear.

FrontRow

September 24th, 2010
2:43 pm

They won’t JB the players are pros and well adjusted.

What they won’t see on film is the increased speed. They can only feel that on game day.

The fans on the other hand are looking way past the Falcons. 2 wins last year = 2 wins every year as far as they are concerned.

Potential exists to have a restless crowd a little concerned that they haven’t blown out all their opponents (56 point dropoff between the first 2 games from 2009 to 2010) and are not blowing out the lowly Falcons.

Keep in mind Saints scored 28 in the first half last year in their house. Anything less this year and we may even get some booing of the home team.

The Falcon Avenger

September 24th, 2010
2:50 pm

We have an upset on our hand Birdfans. All we have to do is run the rock, bring pressure up the middle to disrupt Brees’ passing lanes, and protect the ball and have great ball security, and they tumble. They dont play great enough basic defense to be feared. They live and die off of turnovers so if we take that from them then they crumble. Im getting REAL tired of these new found and upity ‘Aints fans. I swear I have never in my life seen so many ‘Aints fan come outta nowhere where were yall when you was getting ya teeth kicked in???

dean

September 24th, 2010
3:03 pm

After the crushing loss at Pittsburgh, to see the Falcons come out and abuse AZ they way they did, it SHOULD create extreme anxiety amongst the aints fans.

Frontrow: Yeah. “Make them pay.”

PMC

September 24th, 2010
3:03 pm

I bet they remember Thomas Decoud’s Blitz last year. :)

I hope honestly that with pressure they just remember to play thier assignments. It’s going to be important to be in position and play thier receivers or gaps close. Tackle well.

mountain_jim

September 24th, 2010
3:06 pm

I can’t wait to find out what kind of team we have this year – this week will tell the tale….

MountainDawg

September 24th, 2010
3:09 pm

I’d love to see Biermann get 2-3 sacks & the Birds stomp a mudhole in the ‘Aints! ;)

FrontRow

September 24th, 2010
3:11 pm

PMC problem is they don’t rememeber; at least their fans don’t. Never mind DeCoud, they’ll be crying foul if Beer Man body slams Brees.

Nor do they remember Turner putting up 151 on their D.

Their players are making a mistake playing for a turnover; that is exactly why Turner put up 151 – Saints tackle the ball.

I guess the gameplan is “if they fumble then we rumble”. Go figure.

truth

September 24th, 2010
3:15 pm

Stop the aints on their first drive will get the crowed out of it. A 3 and out and the only noise ya’ll hear in the Dome is the SH** flies left over from Katrina.

truth

September 24th, 2010
3:16 pm

GO FALCONS!!!!

FrontRow

September 24th, 2010
3:19 pm

I don’t think it will be that easy truth…..the crowd will last at least 2 or 3 series just because of the trophy.

Now…do to them in the first half what we did in the second half last year and you should expect boo birds.

SeenThisB4

September 24th, 2010
3:20 pm

Payton: Stenchcomb, you up for this, they say they’re coming to put pressure on Brees.
Stenchcomb: Yeah coach, they always say the same thing.
Payton: Jarmon, you ready?
Bushrod: No problem coach, ready.
Payton: Jahri, ready to earn it Sunday?
Evans: Nobody’s touching Drew this week coach.
Payton: Carl?
Nicks: You know they ain’t getting past me coach.
Bushrod: They don’t have anything we haven’t seen before, we know’em.

Payton: Jeremy, you got a handle on spoon?
Shockey: He’s going to be playing catch up all day long coach.
Payton: Chris, you ready son?
Ivory: Let me at’em coach.

Payton: Okay, this is what we’re going to do: The Chuck and Duck! Just for FrontRow. They got speed gentlemen. So, we’re going to use that. We’re going to let them use that speed, and turn it against them. They will over-pursue, when they do, Drew, you know what to do.

Brees: IF they go with man on man coverage on Meach or Dev, hit it deep O.T.S., Marques on the cross, and Lance’s relief valve. If it’s zone, Chris or Pierre dump off, Lance on outside, or Shock in their soft middle.

Payton: Good. Now, they aren’t expecting us to run at them. Where’s their weakest link gentlemen?

All in unison: Jerry!

Payton: That’s right, so Stench, Evans, get a solid pushback on him and the Beerman.

Stench,Evans: We’ll own’em coach.

Payton: You always do.

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

dean

September 24th, 2010
3:25 pm

SB4. Aerosmith wrote a song for you: “Dream On”

See you Monday.

FrontRow

September 24th, 2010
3:26 pm

Wake up from your nap B4 you’re dreaming again.

At least you got the Chuck & Duck part right.

Authur Blank

September 24th, 2010
3:42 pm

B4 you remind me of another blogger from a hip hop site, was funny but You know it wont be that easy

MWC

September 24th, 2010
3:44 pm

B4, How long have you been this delusional?

truth

September 24th, 2010
3:58 pm

Seen…..you left off where the Beerman lays the sack all up on Brees and they cart him off the field. Not because Brees is hurt, but because Brees is just to scared to get up off the turf.

truth

September 24th, 2010
3:59 pm

GEAUX FALCONS!!!

SeenThisB4

September 24th, 2010
4:03 pm

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

c'mon man

September 24th, 2010
4:06 pm

We are not in the Saints league yet. We have faced 2 teams with back ups at QB.

I will admit the Pitt “D” is playing with what seems like 15 players. I saw them in person at the Titans and didn’t feel as bad that we didn’t score against them.

But Arizona is on the way down and we are trying to grow up and just not there yet.

Geaux Dirty Birds!

falkonfan

September 24th, 2010
4:10 pm

B4,
I think you are confused on the whole cheerleader vs. warrior thing! Sounds like a lot of cheer from where I stand.

FrontRow

September 24th, 2010
4:23 pm

Yes we have established B4 is just a fair weather cheerleader.

Hamp

September 24th, 2010
4:23 pm

Yeah! This smells real good. My road dawgs (saints fans) are coming over to my made up bird cage and I will witness the bashing as I chuckle and sip adult beverages.

hiramsaint

September 24th, 2010
4:37 pm

eaux neaux- it’s 3 & eaux feaux the superbeauxl feauxty feaux champs

oldbird

September 24th, 2010
4:39 pm

You would think a saints fan like SB4 could at least spell his best OT’s last name. Its STINCHCOMB. I’ll be glad when 4:00 Sunday gets here so we won’t have to scroll through his crap anymore.

Falconaddict

September 24th, 2010
4:39 pm

Not to be a jerk or anything, bit is there any real insight to this post? Bring preesure? Attack? Is that not the same rhetoric every DC uses? Never heard one say, “Well, we’re going to rush four and drop back into soft coverages.” They all talk about moving to a more aggressive, attacking style.

Blah, blah, blah.

Play good assignment football and you’ll have success in whatever scheme is deployed.

truth

September 24th, 2010
4:41 pm

Look out everyone Hiram’s home from school. How was school d today himmie? Got your colors down yet? Did you cry wee wee wee all the wat home?

Falconaddict

September 24th, 2010
4:43 pm

B4 is trying to show some football knowledge. It’s laughable.

MikeyD

September 24th, 2010
4:45 pm

vangorder has hit his ceiling. He’s a college assistant at best. It’s only a matter of time before the Falcons’ D starts to regress. The only hope is that Coach Smith spoon-feeds the defense and overcomes the lack of quality coaching at the hands of our “defensive coordinator”.

falkonfan

September 24th, 2010
4:48 pm

FrontRow,
I guess I needed confirmation on that, so as to not make an assumption.
thanks!

Take Good With Bad

September 24th, 2010
5:02 pm

mikky dee go milk a goat and drink the milk fool you dont know what you are talking about call seen this before

Ignorance is Bliss

September 24th, 2010
5:22 pm

Blitz Drew Brees! Now there’s an original idea. Let me see where have I seen a team blitz Brees’..oh, the bears, cowboys, vikings, buccaneers, panthers, patriots, cardinals, falcons, dolphins, redskins, giants, eagles, …hell everybody tries to blitz brees’. Good luck with that!

DaJoKeR

September 24th, 2010
5:25 pm

RISE UP!!!! ATL RISE UP!!!!!

MikeyD

September 24th, 2010
5:40 pm

@TakeGoodWithBad -
Education is a good thing. Look into it.

GT GRAD

September 24th, 2010
5:41 pm

Blitz Blitz Blitz…….I love the idea.

Saying we blitzed alot against Pittsburg is simply not true, we would have won the game IF we had blitzed more against Pittsburg.

We must be willing to deal with a few big plays when teams beat the blitz; however, the team brass seems to be a little too conservative in this topic. Similar to the 4th and 1 play late in the game against Pittsburg……we win the game if we go for it, get the first down and then punch it in for a TD!

Go Falcons!!

SirReal

September 24th, 2010
5:43 pm

I think I am starting to actually think BVG is…..alright. Not spectacular by any means but a bit better than the guy i thought he was last year ( he wasnt the Bears) BUT this week will show what he really is. Has he finally broke through to become a legitimate D-Coord? Or does his unti STILL need another piece to finally get past these….annoying ants….i mean ‘aints…

Ulysses

September 24th, 2010
6:25 pm

BRING IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chucktown

September 24th, 2010
7:45 pm

Ant’s beware of SPOONMAN (56)

hiramsaint

September 24th, 2010
8:31 pm

yeah- a rookie is real scary to brees- you better blitz him or brees will have his way with spoon in coverage

BT

September 24th, 2010
9:34 pm

The Falcons defense has allowed 15 or fewer points in their last five games and they appear to be getting better in each game.
That alone should have Saints fans concerned and their offense has appeared to peak at around mid season of last year, seems that DC `s around the league have them somewhat figured them out.
There is a shifting of power in the NFCS (if the trend continues) but Saints fans don`t see it or understand it, yet.
They will by about 4:15 on Sunday afternoon.

Nickie

September 24th, 2010
10:12 pm

GEAUX, SAINTS!!!!!